The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Category: Five Finds on Friday

Five Finds on Friday: Alyce Johnson

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Alyce Johnson of Sweet Jane’s Kitchen, whose handmade crab cakes you can find Saturday mornings either at the The Farmers Market at IX Park or, with advance ordering, City Market To Go. Sweet Jane’s offers their crab cakes fully cooked as a sandwich, or uncooked to take home and prepare. Follow along on Instagram. Johnson’s picks:

1) Bee Bomb at Tonic. “Tonic is my favorite place to grab a drink. They strike the perfect balance between an upscale and a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried there but I really love their Bee Bomb. It is perfectly tangy and not too sweet.”

2) Spicy Honey Garlic Karage from Basan. “My go-to snack when I’m working the market at IX park. When I recommend someone try these they’ll often roll their eyes and say something like ‘Chicken nuggets? Really?’. But they are always blown away, this dish is so tasty.”

3) Salted Caramel Apple Galette from Bee Conscious Baking Company. “Flaky, sweet, and perfect with a cup of coffee. Bee Conscious used to be our neighbor at the farmer’s market (which was dangerous), and I loved grabbing a galette before they sold out for the morning. Now we visit them at their new shop in the Dairy Market.”

4) Smoked Salmon Spread from Cold Country Salmon. “Another farmer’s market favorite of mine. Our family loves to bring a picnic when we go hiking and we’ll often have this spread with crackers or bagels. It’s also great as a snack or an appetizer.”

5) Milkshakes from Moo Thru. “We love visiting the Dairy Market because it’s so family friendly and an easy way to grab lunch that everyone is happy with. We like taking our meal across the street to Washington Park so the kids can play. We especially love the milkshakes from Moo Thru. Not to brag, but we consider ourselves milkshakes connoisseurs and these are some of the best around.”

Five Finds on Friday: Lauren Strachan

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lauren Strachan, who, with her husband, has just launched Harvest Moon Lodge and Retreat, a stunning four-bedroom rental property on nine acres in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Strachan’s picks:

1) Tinga de Pollo Tacos at La Michoacana. “I love tacos. Being in the travel and tourism business, I have spent quite a lot of time in Mexico eating authentic tacos and Mexican food. La Michoacana’s tacos and all of their food are as authentic and good as they get. With everything scratch made from the tortillas to the salsa, the tinga de pollo tacos are simply perfect. I also love how unassuming this taqueria is. No frills, great food.”

2) Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “I lived in New York City for 15 years. I have eaten my share of amazing Italian food and incredible pizza. This Charlottesville spot rivals them all. It was very hard to choose a favorite here because everything is great but my weakness is the porchetta sandwich. It’s created with their house-made porchetta, garlic aioli, broccoli rabe, calabrian chili, fior di latte and provolone. I mean, it doesn’t really get much better than this.”

3) Roasted Scallops at C&O. “I can’t get enough of the vibe inside this restaurant. When I want a more upscale meal, I go here. The appetizer dish of roasted scallops with whipped cauliflower and a golden raisin caper butter sauce is literally making me salivate as I write this. Also, I love nothing more than a drink at a cozy bar in just the right ambiance. Have a drink at the downstairs bar- you won’t regret it, unless you have one too many!”

4) Bocadillo at Mas. “My husband is half Spanish so we love going out for tapas. Bocadillo is freshly shaved jamon serrano on a sandwich with garlic aioli and manchego cheese. Let me just tell you, it is divine. The gambas is grilled shrimp in the shell with garlic aioli and is also incredible. Mas is the best place to have drinks and enjoy the evening as your tapas come out one or two at a time. The sangria and the margaritas are excellent.”

5) Ednam at The Market. “On our way to Harvest Moon Lodge and Retreat, our entire family loves stopping here at the Mill Creek location just off 64. The Ednam is made with maple turkey, bacon, havarti, avocado, lettuce, tomato and an herb mayonnaise on French bread. A Charlottesville staple, these sandwiches are made with quality ingredients and are delicious. Nuff said.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Todd DeSorbo

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from the Tony Bennett of college swimming, Todd DeSorbo. In just his fourth season at UVa, DeSorbo became the first coach ever to lead an ACC school to a swimming and diving national championship, when his women’s team took home the title last month. DeSorbo was subsequently named Women’s Team Coach of the Year. DeSorbo’s picks:

1) Burger with Bacon at Wayside Takeout & Catering. “This has become our staff’s go-to pre-Championship lucky lunch. The Monday prior to every ACC or NCAA Championship (including two weeks ago before our women won the National Title), we head to Wayside for a burger. If I had to pick a favorite food of mine, it’s for sure a burger, and Wayside does them right. Not to mention convenient to our place of work, the AFC pool.”

2) Piggie Smalls at Fry’s Spring Station. “If you’re sensing a theme in locations, it’s likely because when I first moved to Charlottesville I lived just behind Scott Stadium, and pretty much went from the house to the pool, and didn’t know much other than that there were several great food joints within walking distance. This turned out to be a family favorite and a staff favorite. We often have gathered here with all our swimming and diving staff and families to hang out. The pizza is phenomenal and the casual atmosphere is right up my alley.”

3) Black Coffee at Atlas Coffee. “Sorry to be sticking with the theme again here, but this was my go-to Thursday morning treat. It’s always been a goal of mine to be able to walk into a coffee shop (or bar) and be ‘regular’ enough that the barista knows what drink you want. I only went a few weeks in a row and they knew exactly what I wanted. I finally made it! Great coffee, great spot.”

4) Mother’s Day Roll at Tokyo Rose. “My family and I have eaten more sushi since the pandemic hit than probably in the previous five years. Likely because my 12 year-old son has decided he loves spicy tuna rolls, and Tokyo Rose’s are the best. Personally I love the Mother’s Day Roll. We haven’t been inside the restaurant in a year, but the takeout/delivery is just as good as dining in.”

5) Kimchi Pork Wrap at Beer Run. “This restaurant was introduced to us by the myth ‘The Charlottesville 29.’ This is a go-to for our family and friends. From family night out to champagne celebrations when our staff won our first ACC Title three years ago, Beer Run has been a staple in our eat out rotation. Great beer selection (almost too good), great food, and great casual environment. If you can’t tell, I like casual.”

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